Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mark Teixeira says blame aging for extended absences

The afternoon bat around knows what the morning never suspected.

“I was injured plenty, I just played through it,” Teixeira said. “I had major ankle surgery in college, a major quad tear in Texas in ‘07, knee surgery in ‘07. Hurt my wrist in ‘09. I’ve played through so many things . . . I can’t play through them anymore.”

It is, he said, the inevitable impact of aging.

“Guys ask me, ‘How did you play in Texas for five years? It’s 100 degrees every day,’ ” said Teixeira, who played 162 games in 2005 and 2006 with the Rangers. “I was young, I was a kid. I played through everything. You foul a pitch off your leg, go get ‘em; you strain something in your back, go get ‘em. That’s just the way it is when you’re young. I can’t play through those things [now]. I don’t think I would have had to miss games with back spasms, I don’t think I would miss games with a little tweak of my hamstring earlier in the season, but now I just can’t get through those anymore.”

Yes, he said when asked, it is a concession to age.

“Father Time is undefeated,” Teixeira smiled wearily.

Regardless, the Yankees need Teixeira if they’re to make a second-half push. Though he played in 76 of the club’s 104 games entering last night, Teixeira led an offensively challenged club with 17 homers and 48 RBIs. And with his backup, Kelly Johnson, on the DL, Teixeira’s absence in the field has been felt, most recently Saturday when fill-in Brian McCann misplayed a ball in the seventh inning that led to the Blue Jays scoring the tiebreaking run in a 6-4 Yankees’ loss.

“I was really healthy for a long time, and I was very lucky that I could play through those things and stayed on the field as much as anybody,” Teixeira said. “But at a certain point, sometimes you hit a wall. I hit a wall last year. Hopefully, I won’t have a lot of these but if they do pop up, they’re just tougher to play through.”

Repoz Posted: July 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: yankees

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Bhaakon Posted: July 29, 2014 at 02:35 AM (#4759518)
Teixeira to baseball execs: U dum. #8yeardeal #lolthewaytothebank
   2. AROM Posted: July 29, 2014 at 08:36 AM (#4759542)
Flags fly forever. Don't underestimate the marginal value of a 27th.
   3. AROM Posted: July 29, 2014 at 08:37 AM (#4759543)
“Father Time is undefeated,”

Rivera earned a draw.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
The Kinder, Gentler Ray (RDP)
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogArlington, Rangers unveil timeline for $1 billion stadium project
(5 - 5:18am, Dec 03)
Last: TVerik, who wonders what the hell is "Anskeey"

Newsblog2016 Non-Tender Tracker
(1 - 4:46am, Dec 03)
Last: Joyful Calculus Instructor

NewsblogVenezuelan players rally behind Omar Vizquel, threaten WBC boycott
(8 - 3:49am, Dec 03)
Last: Fancy Pants with a clinging marmoset on his Handle

NewsblogOT - November* 2016 College Football thread
(446 - 3:03am, Dec 03)
Last: cmd600

NewsblogNightengale: MLB kills 'this time it counts' for stronger All-Star Game incentive
(43 - 2:21am, Dec 03)
Last: toratoratora

NewsblogLifetime Achievement Award: Peter Gammons | BaseballAmerica.com
(113 - 1:47am, Dec 03)
Last: Infinite Yost (Voxter)

NewsblogHall of Fame: Bud Selig lock for election on Today's Game ballot | SI.com
(12 - 1:27am, Dec 03)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

NewsblogOTP: 28 November 2016: Bud Selig reminisces about 1999 MLB trip to Cuba, meeting Fidel Castro
(1603 - 11:54pm, Dec 02)
Last: The Kinder, Gentler Ray (RDP)

NewsblogOT: NBA 2016-17 Preseason Thread
(1121 - 11:39pm, Dec 02)
Last: Dandy Little Glove Man

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-2-2016
(7 - 10:44pm, Dec 02)
Last: charityslave is thinking about baseball

NewsblogRyan Thibs has his 2017 HOF Tracker Up and Running
(83 - 10:36pm, Dec 02)
Last: cardsfanboy

Gonfalon CubsStarting to think about 2017
(71 - 10:35pm, Dec 02)
Last: Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist

NewsblogA’s, Yonder Alonso agree on new deal
(15 - 10:33pm, Dec 02)
Last: charityslave is thinking about baseball

NewsblogNationals Acquire Derek Norris
(2 - 9:56pm, Dec 02)
Last: depletion

NewsblogBraves Acquire Jaime Garcia
(18 - 7:28pm, Dec 02)
Last: The Duke

Page rendered in 0.1539 seconds
47 querie(s) executed